Golden, Colorado at a Glance
Golden is a fun little city located right at the base of the foothills and at the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon. It has a population of around 21,000 and is located about 15 miles west of downtown Denver. The town has something for everyone, with a bustling downtown area, a prestigious university, historic charm, and plenty of outdoor recreation options.
Golden is home to the Colorado School of Mines, a public university that specializes in engineering, geology, and applied sciences. The school was founded in 1874, so there is a long history in Golden. Possibly Golden’s main claim to fame, though, is as the home of Coors Brewery.
Located along Clear Creek and near downtown, it is the world’s largest single-site brewery and the company offers tours of its facilities as well as beer tastings. The tours gives lot of information on the brewery but also the history of Golden. And if history is your thing, don’t skip the Golden History Museum and Park, the American Mountaineering Museum, or the Colorado Railroad Museum.
Golden is also home to several popular outdoor recreation areas, including Clear Creek Canyon, North Table Mountain, and South Table Mountain. These parks offer amazing views of the surrounding area and are great places to hike, run, rock climb or cycle. Speaking of cycling, Golden has a terrific trail system, with leisurely routes around town and connections to major trail systems that will take you to downtown Denver, Parker, and all points in between.
One popular city park is Parfet Park, located at the intersection of 10th and Washington. It is known as Golden’s “Festival Park” and hosts many events throughout the year. A personal favorite of mine is UllrGrass. Held over the last weekend January – snowy or sunny – it’s a 3-day bluegrass music festival. It includes a beer festival on Saturday and fun family events on Sunday. If you are a hearty bluegrass music fan, look into this!
What about the real estate scene in Golden?
The real estate market in Golden is generally in step with Colorado as a whole, and the Denver metro area specifically. Being close to downtown Denver and most area attractions, it is a good location for anyone that wants to live in the suburbs but still have easy access to everything else. The 6th Avenue, C-470 and I-70 highways are very close and accessible for trips to downtown Denver, the airport, the mountains, or south metro area. The West Line of RTD’s light rail system ends in Golden, at the Jefferson County Government Center Golden Station. From there, you can take the light rail into downtown Denver and connect to most other lines at Union Station. Highway 93 is a direct route into Boulder and points north.
Golden has a good selection of both new, modern style homes and houses with older architecture. You can also find homes with acreage, condominiums, senior living and horse properties.
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